Cal Baseball Sweeps UCLA with 8-6 Victory
May 6, 2001
LOS ANGELES, CA - Behind the relief pitching of senior right-hander David Cash and a strong offensive attack (three home runs), Cal defeated UCLA, 8-6, Sunday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bears improve to 30-22 overall and finish 14-10 in the Pac-10, while the Bruins fall to 26-23, 6-12 in league play. Cal's 14 conference wins puts the Bears in contention for postseason play and it is the first time Cal has had 30 wins or more since 1995, the last time the Bears were in an NCAA Regional.
Cal finished the 2001 Pac-10 schedule winning seven of its last 10 league games. It was the first time the Bears had swept UCLA in Los Angeles since the 1991 season as Cal won 6-2 Friday night and 9-8 in 11 innings Saturday.
Cash, who replaced starter Brian Montalbo in the second inning, improved his record to 9-3, pitching 7.7 innings with eight hits, two earned runs, two walks and a strikeout. The losing pitcher for the Bruins was starter Josh Karp (5.0 innings, nine hits, six runs, two walks, three strikeouts).
The Bears were down 3-0 after the first two innings, but scored two runs in the third on a two-run homer by senior right fielder Rob Meyer. Cal then took the lead for good, scoring three runs in the fourth on a two-run double by sophomore center fielder Ben Conley and a sacrifice fly by freshman third baseman Conor Jackson. The Bears added a run in the fifth on a solo home run by senior first baseman Clint Hoover, and two runs in the sixth on a two-run homer by Jackson.
The Bears will next travel to Saint Mary's, Monday, May 7 for a 3 p.m. game, before hosting Santa Clara, Tuesday, May 8 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond. Cal finishes the regular season May 12-13 at Kansas State.
Cal: Meyer, two-run homer in the third inning. Hoover, solo home run in the fifth inning. Jackson, two-run homer in the sixth inning.
UCLA: Pearl, solo home run in the first inning. Reece, solo home run in the second inning.